I purchased an NEC ND-3550A burner on 12/1/2006. I tried for 10 hours to flash the drive and it would just not flash. If you can name it, I did it:
- Downloaded “NECND3550_v106.exe” from the NEC site.
Error message was “Target NEC ND-3550A is not found correctly”
- Disconnected all other DVD drives. I even tried Safe Mode.
- Downloaded Binflash v1.34 DOS utility and the “original 1.06” BIOS firmware from Liggy’s.
- Booted from a floppy, backed up drive BIOS, and when I tried to flash, received this error:
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Identified drive: 10
Detected drive from Firmware: 10
Entering safe mode
Error entering safe mode
I then took my old LS-120 IDE floppy from storage, put all necessary files on it, and disconnected all my hard drives. The only drives connected to the system were the NEC and the LS-120. They were on separate IDE cables. Even my standard 1.44 MB floppy was disabled.
I also tried the Binflash v1.34 Windows utility but I still got the “Error entering safe mode” message.
No matter what I tried, the NEC would just not flash. I am not trying to cross flash or even use a nonstandard firmware. All I tried to do was update it from v1.G3 to v1.06. After 10 solid hours, I have given up on this piece of crap and I am returning the drive.
I had the same problem with my NEC ND-2500A 2 years ago. Because the 2500A came in a Pacific Digital box, the official NEC firmware would not work either. Only Pacific Digital’s firmware worked on the 2500A. This 3550A is OEM from a small computer store. Even after 2 years, NEC still has not gotten their act together. In addition, the 3550’s playback is worse than my 2 year old 2500 because the 3550 spins at maximum speed during DVD movies. Any drive which spins at 16x or 8x for 2 hours for every single movie is going wear out faster, not to mention be very loud.
This is the last time I ever buy an NEC drive of any type. BTW, my 2500 is not great either: Earlier this year it completely stopped reading and writing CD’s. I hardly ever used it for CD’s. I took the 2500 apart to clean it but it didn’t help.